Friday facts you may have missed

MLB

  1. San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin announced his star, Fernando Tatis Jr., has finally been cleared for game play and will begin his rehab assignment at Double-A San Antonio this weekend. Tatis has not played  at all during the 2022 season after fracturing his wrist in the off-season.

Fernando Tatis Jr.’s rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio will begin tomorrow or Sunday, Bob Melvin said. While in San Antonio, he’s expected to play shortstop, center field and designated hitter. — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) August 6, 2022

  1. Ronald Acuna Jr. matched his career high with 4 hits and stole a 2 run homerun from Pete Alonso as the Atlanta Braves took off to a big early lead and ultimately beat New York 9-6 on Friday. Eddie Rosario contributed a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and an RBI double in the 2nd.

The @Braves break out in the 1st! pic.twitter.com/4bqCdnkvhE — MLB (@MLB) August 5, 2022

  1.  Brandon Lowe hit the go-ahead, 2-run double in the 8th inning to help lift the Tampa Bay Rays, who walked a franchise-record 13 times while pushing to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday.

New guy drives in the new(er) guy. Ya love to see it pic.twitter.com/pRVP4NsjpR — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 3, 2022

  1. 73-year-old Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for Covid-19 sometime between his usual pregame availability with the media and the start of the game. Bench coach Joe Espada filled in for Baker against Cleveland. The Astros lead the AL West by 11 1/2 games over Seattle.

Joe Espanda (managing Astros tonight since Dusty Baker has Covid) said that Justin Verlander called Mancini’s grand slam. Felt it would happen… and it did — Vanessa Richardson (@SportsVanessa) August 6, 2022

  1. The Colorado Rockies claimed right-hander Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers designated Lamet for assignment Wednesday in a cluster of moves. He never threw a single pitch for the Brewers as he was just acquired Monday in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

Claiming Dinelson Lamet is possibly the best Rockies move this year. It's a legitimately good idea, though it may not be the best for Lamet. — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) August 5, 2022

  1. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without a key piece of their rotation after announcing that star left-hander Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day injured list sighting lower back pain. Kershaw left his start on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants after tweaking his back while throwing warmup pitches before the bottom of the 5th inning.

"There wasn't any new findings so that's a positive… I think this was the best-case scenario coming from the MRI." Dave Roberts provides an update on Clayton Kershaw. pic.twitter.com/oP1wtVCpf6 — SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 6, 2022

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